Thursday, November 3, 2011
Close to Nowhere
• Last week, all my co-workers were in agreement -- we’d dress up for Halloween.
Monday morning, son Kris had cheerfully put on his grinning pumpkin T-shirt and I was resplendent in a sequinned cape, black shirt and pants, white face make-up and white and black “shock” wig.
Did I mention the black lipstick I borrowed from my granddaughters?
And I can note here -- Pam and Beth wore orange and black. Kris had on his orange. And I was “dressed!” The only one!
By mid-afternoon I was itching so much from the make-up and wig that I was about nuts. So, I washed my face, took off the wig and was much more comfortable!
And less frightening!
• Wanna know something that really frightened me?
Someone had given my niece in Heber Springs, Ark., a carton of mostly cranberry sauce, along with a few other odd and end things.
She didn’t want it, so I brought it home thinking I’d pass along to the food pantry.
Three different people told me that Marshall County did not have a food pantry.
We discussed it here at work, as I was pretty sure Marshall County did have one. Barry and Sue confirmed that yes, indeedy we did have one!
The Food Pantry is out in New Hope Village. I called one afternoon and the director was there, so I ran out and took my box of mostly cranberry sauce.
Marilyn Curry, the director, was somewhere between shocked and amused that I’d been told three times that there wasn’t a food pantry here.
I followed her into the back room, where the canned goods are stored. The shelves were neatly stacked with cans and it looked like a lot, but there was also a lot of bare space on those shelves.
Curry said that during a month, the Food Pantry generally feeds 250 families. She also said that there wasn’t enough food at the pantry right then to feed the families who needed the food so badly.
Tuesday, as I write this, it’s Nov. 1. Thanksgiving is three weeks away. My favorite holiday -- food and family and food and leftover turkey and spending time with family on the couch groaning.
Many families won’t have that. I’m going to go through my pantry and take several more boxes to the pantry.
You do the same and we can help feed some of those families!
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